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Crisis City Review #1

October 17, 2010

Over the course of the semester, thesis students are required to have 3 major reviews with their primary and secondary advisors.  On Friday, Crisis City completed it’s first of these 3 reviews with a turnout of 5 faculty and a few fellow thesis students.  The rapid-fire presentation was intended to get our thoughts out quickly in order to save more time for discussion.  The structure of the review went more-or-less as follows:

1) Logistics

-Grading, scheduling, etc.

2) Connecting our Projects through Crisis:

-1 min/paragraph each

3) Presentation of Individual Projects:

-3 min each (more like 5)

4) Group discussion with Faculty

-50 min

Here are my quick notes of feedback from faculty:

3 terms being thrown out a lot by individuals; infrastructure, event, & spectacle.  Wants us to explore these & any other repeated topics more as a group.  What is the project that emerges?  What are the projections of the crises?

 Marxism in these projects (economics, anti-capitalism), however, Tafuri has a more optimistic tone.  We should map out the alternative, not traditional capital “A”rchitecture.  What is the city (be aware of “Manhattanism”)?  What are the issues amongst the group & what are the individual responses to those issues?

Lay out a problem and gain knowledge, thesis-prep is great for that.  Brought up Tafuri to look at again.  We need to create an “introductory essay” (like a publication) tying our projects together, similar to our 1 min paragraphs at the beginning of the review.  Noticed several connections in our projects that we should explore more together; agency, infrastructure, territory.

We presented about 90% truisms, & research needs to become generative enough to produce architecture.  Where is the moment of entry in each project?  There is a short & long-term response to these issues.  A tactic/strategy for the group would be to operate like a UN assembly, where we propose issues and resolutions.  Know your skills set.  Look at Habermas & Latour more for views on “public” and the “social”.

– What is a post-Tafurian society?  Saw 10 projects, what brings you together?  Use similar vocabulary and read together.  What is at stake?  Come up with more horizontal threads for pin-ups/events.  It is not as interesting to see 10 projects being presented like a studio, create an alternative/collaborative presentation style.  Similar to the UN, we don’t need to be so concerned with agreeing on the resolutions, but come up with the issues you are addressing.

Paragraph tying myself to the group:

This crisis of the individual’s disconnect from their surrounding community is of particular importance to my research.  The paradox of a rise in virtual expression (cyberspace), occurring simultaneously as a fall in physical expression in public space, is unique to our times.  The condition of retreating under the safe umbrella of the cyber-realm as well as the emergence of late capitalism creates highly privatized physical spaces.  People in urban environments simply share physical proximity, and not the shared public discourse ensured by a virtual niche community.  This translates into a loss of the “public sphere” – a civic culture of engagement, interaction, and performance.  Our lives become increasingly private and disjointed, and the loss of a common civic life promotes a rupture within social groups.


Below are the boards that I produced for my project:

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. October 17, 2010 1:44 pm

    Thank you Daley for these comments/feedback form the review and your own thoughts.

    The paragraph you wrote about yourself to the group is well written.

  2. October 17, 2010 1:45 pm

    I would also add that ‘event’ is a moment in time which defines place.

    • October 17, 2010 1:56 pm

      Excellent point, I (and the group) definitely need to revisit my definitions in the glossary. Tschumi would add that if it weren’t for event, there would be no architecture.

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